KWP Club Leadership and Board of Directors
Eric Chaplin, Board President, Director
Eric has been a paddler for many years. First as a canoeist, but upon finding that kayaks are more durable for the water he likes to swim in, he took a 5 hours crash course at the Gull in 2016. He quickly got an unreliable roll and has been finding new ways to wreck his kayak ever since. For those that don’t know, after 7 roll attempts he does tend to look for a t-rescue. Parts of his sanity (and paint from various boats) pepper the continent but his new plastic love has only seen the Ottawa, Mississauga, Gull, Grand, and lock 28 on the Trent-Severn. With a knack for bringing pretty good food to our potlucks, he looks forward to being as friendly and welcoming to new members, as he has been fortunate to have experienced.
Simon Dadds, Secretary and Website Management, Director
Simon was introduced to kayaking in 1992, when he did a beginners whitewater course at the Gull River, after a weeklong road trip which included the Kipawa river in a raft and running the Madawaska section in front of MKC. Two decades later, still wearing the same paddling clothes, he is back. (Though the R7 kayak is now a lawn ornament or goat watering trough somewhere in northern BC).
He has a family of 3 and they all like to paddle. If you see on the river a necky jive, with duct tape around the cockpit, that’s him.
Bryan Brassington, Membership and Financial Management, Director
Bryan is a novice paddler from Kingston who is caught somewhere between white water kayaking, OC1ing and canoe tripping with his family. As board member he would also lean his volunteer focus with KWP towards programs and events for novice paddlers and other paddlers based out of the Kingston area. He is an environmental professional with previous experience working on sports and professional organization boards in various roles including being treasurer.
Jonathan Clark, Events Planning and Promotion, Director
Jonathan developed a love and respect for the river at a young age. Jonathan first started recreational kayaking when he was 4 years old. At the age of 12, he entered Port Hope’s Float your fanny down the Ganny, and enjoys the yearly tradition almost 2 decades later.
Jonathan currently lives in Lindsay with his wife, and two young children. As a father, He feels it’s important to have today’s youth outdoors having adventures, build confidence and learn water safety. He advocates to all ages the love of the sport by organizing a personal raft team for Hell or High Water 2017 and 2018 and kayak outings with non-members.
The Clark family frequently camps and kayaks at the Minden Whitewater Preserve with their Dog.
Lisa White, Member At Large, Director
(Simon is updating with her profile information)
Ryan Wodham, Burleigh Dam Replacement KWP Lead
Ryan has stepped forward to advocate on behalf of the club and local Paddlers for improved white water access and surf wave development. He is our club lead for advocacy on Burleigh Dam and is the newly elected Diretor of Advocacy, on the board of Whitewater Ontario. Burleigh Dam is being replaced over the next three years. This will impact our use of our home river, Burleigh Falls. Refurbishment in place of the dam is the preferred option for paddlers access and providing the space necessary for a surfing park. Ryan is also looking in other potential local locations. More information can be viewed at surfanywhere.ca
Tom Legere, Mackfest 2018 Lead
Tom is leading Mackfest for 2018. A KWPer since 2009. Tom joined the sport, paddling with his son, Ben.
Isaac Verhoeven, Succession Lead
Isaac started whitewater kayaking in 2008, joined KWP the following year. He has lived in Ottawa since 2012. King of Clubs is his favourite annual kayaking event. His favourite part of the sport is introducing new people to the wealth of experiences whitewater brings. He was a whitewater instructor at AO Boatwerks and the Ottawa River Runners. Although he now lives and works in Ottawa, he is a KWPer at heart. Isaac will help the current board and the club membership transition to an updated organizational model.